Poll: Do you use you pinky when playing powerchords?
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View poll results: Do you use you pinky when playing powerchords?
Yes
249 71%
No
102 29%
Voters: 351.
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#1
Lol... I use my pinky when I play powerchords, and my friends always make fun of me. I'm gradually getting out of the habit though.

But I just realized after watching a video that Matt Heafy does it too and was just wondering how many actually do.
#4
If i play power chords with the D string I'm using my pinky on the D string and my ring finger on the A and index on the root note.

I dont really see whats wrong with using the pinky if you're used to playing it that way tho. I find it alot harder than playing it the way I'm used to.
#5
Wait...How else would you do it?
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#6
if you're playing the full power chord i.e. the 1st(root), the fifth and the octave then the pinky is necessery, tell your friends to stfu! lol
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#8
I've always done that. I find it easier, and helpful for when I want to hit a note before I switch to another chord
#10
yeah use the pinky, its generally considered better form than stretching your other fingers
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#12
I Use my Index for the root note and my pinky across both the A and D strings, I don't use my ring on A and pinky on D at the same time like "normal".

If I'm playing power chords higher on the neck, about 8th or 9th fret or higher I'll use just my ring across both strings
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#13
i always use my pinky, i even think that's better than not using your pinky, cause when you use your pinky you just use the 3 lowest notes of a chord (or however to explain that :P ).

so i think it's better to use your pinky, so you it's a easy switch to a 'normal' chord
#14
Quote by Joe4/4/1992
if you're playing the full power chord i.e. the 1st, the fifth and the octave then the pinkly is necessery, tell your friends to stfu! lol

i dont care how people play, its all good, but you surely know you can barre your third finger for both strings...
#17
Well tell your friends they're the retards because most professional guitarists do it (although technically there's no right or wrong way).
#18
almost always, it feels easier to me. though i would like to be equally good at both, because when im playing a song with chords, i sometimes need to reposition my fingers and use my ring finger as well.
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#19
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i dont care how people play, its all good, but you surely know you can barre your third finger for both strings...


yeah i know i was just using that as an example
generally when i play i barre my pinky across the strings although it does depend on the song and whatevers easiest/most comfortable
#21
Yeah usualy alot of people do,sounds better to me.
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I do it. If anything using your pinky is harder.


+1, your friends are retards. i had to practice a lot before i could do them with my pinky.
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#23
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I always add the octave, so I do use the pinky. I don't know why you wouldn't add the octave.

It's unnecessary with higher gain. It will even sound tighter, more focused and therefore punchier with really high gain if you only use two strings. It is also a hassle to add the octave when you slide the powerchord shape up and down the neck. Listen and try to play 'Stricken' by Disturbed (the main riff) in C Standard an you'll see what I mean.
Also, barring two strings with either the pinky or ring finger seems easier than using both.
#24
I use my index and pinky only and I don't use an octave in my power-chords because I don't feel it's necessary, well, sometimes I may do it, but it's not often.

*edit: I don't think it will limit your playing, so you can probably continue with it, I have learned all ways possible just because I tried to find out what I liked best: I came back to the way I started.
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#25
if you mean playing power chords with 3 strings, that kind of stuff sounds gay. like literally gay if you play metal or heavy stuff. if you mean using pinky instaed of ring finger, uh.. that's a lot harder for me.. if you use your ring finger, it would be easier to transition from power chords to lead stuff no?
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#27
I always use my pinky...I couldn't imagine doing it any other way.

And I almost always add the octave. Sometimes I'll just leave out the 5th all together. Sliding up and down using the octaves sounds cool.
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#28
yeah, hate the sound of just a 2 string power chord, using the pinky also makes it easier to barre after
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#29
I do it. That's just the way that felt natural to me.

I frequently use my pinky even without the octave - index or middle on root, pinky on fifth.
#30
You're friends are dumbasses.


The pinky (octave) will just make the powerchord sound fuller and better, so dont get out of that habit. Tell you're friends theyre retards for not using the pinky.


Be able to get good at both, because lots of time you'll need that octave on there.

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#31
If you don't play the octave it's not a chord. Chords are three or more notes, not two.
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#32
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But I just realized after watching a video that Matt Heafy does it too


When i saw him do it, that's when i thought it was good technique.
But now im not so sure it is
#33
Yeah, but so does Kirk Hammett, so who cares :P
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#34
Sounds better with the octave, using your middle finger as a replacement is a bad habit, using your pinky is NOT difficult for a powerchord position. You want to be the equivalent of a kid playing the piano with his index fingers be my guest.
#36
My hands are rather large so i use my index and middle finger.
My pinky relaxed is 4 or 5 frets away from my index.

EDIT: For the octave i usually Barre my middle finger.
For me it makes it easyer to transfer into triads and legato by the means you have a finger (Pinky) open to the next fret or 2.
Last edited by [[BurnTheDusk]] at Oct 18, 2008,
#37
index - root
ring finger - fifth
pinky - octave

I used just use my index and ring finger, but have discovered that I find it easier to switch to playing lead stuff if i use my pinky on the octave...
I don't think any way would really hamper your ability, just whatever is comfortable and easiest I think is best...
#38
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If you don't play the octave it's not a chord. Chords are three or more notes, not two.

Yep, three different notes, that is. Doubling one note by adding the octave still leaves you with only two different notes. Technically, power chords are never chords. The power chord is only used by guitarists anyway and the word has no meaning for anyone besides us axe slingers. Everywhere else people just speak of the root and fifth.
#40
nah, i use my first and third, just because that was what felt most natural. My guitar teacher used first and forth though, and he taught me when i was starting out so i wasn't told to use third and first, it just felt natural.

Then again, i supose there is an advantage for first and third, it's easier to add an extra octive and do the dave mustaine style spider chord
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